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June is Masonic Homes Month
Throughout the month of June, Grand Master Galloway calls upon all California Masons to recognize the enduring legacy of the Masonic Homes of California. Through the vision of our forefathers and the continuing dedication of brothers today, we provide needed relief to our brethren and their families in every corner of the Golden State – and beyond. There’s no better time to familiarize yourself with the history of our Masonic Homes and the benefits available to members.
“Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.”
“All that is essential for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.”
What is Freemasonry?
It is the oldest, largest and most prestigious fraternity in the world. We are like a civic club, a charitable institution and a fraternity – all rolled into one.
We're like a civic club in that we do a large number of community and statewide projects. We're like a charity in that we support many worthwhile causes. But mainly we are a fraternity of men doing good things for each other, and bringing men of good morals and ethics together in our community.
What is the Mission of Freemasonry?
To promote a way of life that binds like-minded men in a worldwide brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, cultural, social and educational differences. To teach the great principles of brotherly and love, relief truth. And to give outward expression of these things through fellowship, compassion and concern, finding ways to serve G-d, family, country, neighbors and self.
What Do Masons Do?
The most important thing we do is take care of each other and our families. We are a fraternity. That means we help other Masons, treat them in special ways, support them no matter where they live, and build friendships all over the world. Not very many organizations do that today. And we help others. That is why we give almost $2 million a day to charity, and most of our money goes to help kids. We rank among the top 10 best-liked charitable groups in America. Yet we also teach leadership skills and help men lead an ethics-based life. We promote good relationships and strong family values. We try to do something to strengthen the family unit every day.
What do you get out of it?
A great amount of pride. A sense of belonging to an organization that exists all over the world. Being part of a great heritage. Sharing an identity with the great men of the past – and of today. Sharing a special bond with men from all walks of life, and creating life-long friendships with them. Being a member of an organization that believes in toleration – that lets each man think for himself and express his own opinions, without worrying about being wrong.
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STATED MEETING DINNER
Greeting Ladies and Brethren,
Last month, we honored three students during our Public Schools event. It is amazing what they have to do, compared to when I was in school. These students are truly remarkable. We also had a 50-year pin presentation for Wor. Handelman.
It being the month of May, we officially recognize "Mom" during this month. We should always recognize "Mom" all the time and not just on this one day. This year it is particularly difficult for me, because it is hard to believe that is has already been one year since my "Mom" passed away and not one day goes by that I don't think of her.
In May, we also celebrate Memorial Day, a federal holiday to honor all the men and women of armed services not just those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
In June, besides celebrating Father's Day, D-Day, and Flag Day we also get to start wearing Hawaiian shirts to our stated meetings.
For me, Father's Day is bittersweet, because even though they are no longer here, both my father and grand-father were Masons and I would have loved to sit in Lodge with both of them.
Father's Day isn't just about the Dads, but also those men who a "Father figure" to someone, giving them guidance and support.
Our annual picnic is coming up in July and will be announced at May's stated meeting.
We have now started working in our step-up positions and I am excited to see all the younger faces in the line.
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday Nights. Remember that Wednesdays are Lodge Night.
Fraternally from the East
Aaron J. Cohen P.M.
As June arrives we welcome back an honored tradition at Home Lodge, Hawaiian shirts. We all look forward to the summer months for the wonderful Southern California weather so we can hit the beach, get outdoors, and show up to Stated Meetings in our best Hawaiians; although I’m not sure where our wonderful weather has gone recently.
June also brings with it Father’s Day, so I’d like to wish all the Brothers who are fathers and all the Fathers of my brothers a wonderful Father’s Day this month, and being Masons that means we have more than one Father; we all have a Masonic father. I urge all our brethren to keep in mind that man that brought you to Masonry. That man is your Masonic father, and I believe we should honor not only our regular fathers, but also the men that allowed us to see the light of Freemasonry and be able to sit together as Brothers. Now my brother and I have it easy, our father is our Masonic father, but I guess we owe him double for that then.
I’d like to bring attention to an event that took place last month on Saturday May 12th, and thank all the Brethren and Ladies that attended it. For those unaware, the event was unprecedented, three Golden Veteran awards were given in one night. Now there’s no ritual designed for three brothers so it was modified on the fly, and done amazingly well by our Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Wright. What made this event so important is that it one of the Brothers was our own Worshipful Ken Judd. Wor. Judd’s mother lodge may not be our Home Lodge, but he’s been here longer than I’ve been alive, and he’s been one of the most important influences I’ve had in Masonry.
Worship Judd exemplifies so much of what it means to be a good Mason and I look forward to the many years I still have to learn from him. So once again, congratulations Ken, love you and see you Wednesday!
This is the paragraph where I remind everyone that we need to be at Lodge on Wednesday to show our support for our Candidates, but over these last few months I’ve seen a wonderful change. I’ve seen more Brothers come out to support our Officers and Candidates than I have in quite some time. I must thank you all; you’re showing our Brother’s that Brotherly Love is alive and well. To those who haven’t had the time, or are putting it off for one reason or another, Home is always here for you and we’d love to see you soon my Brothers. We’ve got some big things planned for the future and want all of you to be apart of it.
As always we must remember, there’s no better place to be on a Wednesday than at Home.
Fraternally from the West,
First and foremost, I hope everyone had a Happy Mother’s Day. Masons could not do half the things we do without the women in our lives , nor would we be the men we are if not for love and care of our Mothers. I also hope everyone had a happy and safe Memorial Day. God bless the men and women that gave their lives so that we may continue to live our lives. I’d like to next wish all the fathers of Home Lodge a Happy Father’s Day; I love you Papa.
June leads us into the half-way mark of the year, whereby we view our progress as a Lodge and continue towards the years goals. I’m happy that thus far we have raised a number of good brothers and initiated two in May. I continue to invite everyone to come to lodge and be a part of these important ceremonies.
A wise brother once told me, “in life, like in our Masonic journey, you will go as far as you wish to walk; we will show you the path, you will have to journey it.”
Performing Ritual and conducting degrees is more than just words and steps. What goes on during these degrees are the starting points to achieve that which you seek. However, remember my brothers, knowledge and higher purpose is attainted not by gift of another’s hand; it is attained by self-awareness and study. This journey may be one similar to another’s but each must walk it for themselves.
The mentality of “that’s it?” does not, and will not, lead you to what you seek. Instead, the questions we should be asking are “why, what and how.” These questions will lead you to what Masonry truly has to offer. Masonry requires study and practice, as illustrated by our Ancient Brethren.
As Operative Masons, they studied cutting and hewing stone for years and improved themselves in their craft; Speculative Masonry is no different. To illustrate further, I take from my own life. I went to law school to become an attorney. During that journey, I was posed with questions, facts, and legal theory all requiring me to search, ask further questions, and theorize to obtain that which I sought. I spent hours studying the starting points that were given to me in the classroom to gain the knowledge required to improve myself in legal practice. I then took what I learned and applied it. However, at no point was I given more answers than questions because the journey was, and is, continuous. Masonry is no different.
Therefore, like be an attorney (or insert any profession or mastery here), Masonry requires constant study, questioning, and theorizing. Our Ritual gives us the starting points and sparks to ask questions. Therefore, for those of you that ask “that’s it,” I ask you to take a closer look at your journey, memorization, and reason for knocking on the door of Masonry. Take pride in the degrees you were given, find meaning in them like the many brothers that came before you.
As the Officers move into the half-way mark of this year seeking to improve their work, I ask those of you that have asked “that’s it” to see what you can do to improve yourself as well. Joining us on Wednesday nights will allow you to reengage those starting points whereby you may improve yourself our Ancient and Honorable Craft.
Fraternally from the South,
Andre Aladadyan, Junior Warden
WORSHIPFUL AARON COHEN, P.M.
ARTIN ALADADYAN, SENIOR WARDEN
ANDRE ALADADYAN, JUNIOR WARDEN
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HOME LODGE DUES INFORMATION
Our dues for 2018 are $99.00 per member, due on or by the 1st day of January. If you are not at the very least in possession of a 2018 dues card (haven’t paid your dues for 2017) we will be sending you a notice of possible suspension, beginning in March. If you have not paid your dues in arrears or made proper arrangements, we will be suspending you in May of 2018. Many brethren have asked what that means. It means this, if you are suspended for nonpayment of dues, your name will be read in lodge the night you are suspended, the other Masonic bodies will be notified of your suspension (per the CMC) and you will become suspended in those bodies as well until you are back in good standing with your blue lodge. Bringing yourself back into good standing involves the following process-you must pay your dues in arrears, then you are put up to a vote of the brethren for reinstatement, then the other bodies are notified upon your reinstatement.
Yearly Dues & Petition Fees
Dues for the 2018 term are: $99.00
Petitions for membership are: $425.00
Petitions for affiliation are: $130.00
Petitions for out of state affiliation are: $285.00
ANY MEMBER OF HOME LODGE TO PAY THE PRORATED FEES AS PRESCRIBED IN
THE MASONIC GRAND LODGE OF CALIFORNIA F. & A. M.’s MASONIC CODE: 27020
The following is the fee schedule for the year 2017:
Under the age of 49 is 21 times the annual dues: $2,037.00
50 to 54 is 19 times the annual dues: $1,843.00
55 to 59 is 17 times the annual dues: $1,649.00
60 to 64 is 14 times the annual dues: $1,358.00
65 and older is 11 times the annual dues: $1,067.00
Wednesday night is Lodge Night. Wednesday night is, COACHING NIGHT.
Proficiency coaching is available to all EAs, FCs and MMs
from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Please contact Wor. Steve Varsam P.M. at (818) 515-0093 for more information.
GIVE THE GIFT OF A LIFETIME
As a California Mason, you are committed to the enduring health and relevance of this great organization. Our fraternity champions public education and provides industry-leading care for vulnerable seniors and families, and we are engaged community leaders. Making a legacy gift to our Masonic charities changes lives.
A ‘planned’ gift, or ‘legacy’ gift, can help you achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals. For example, a legacy gift can provide the donor with an income for life as well as a charitable income tax deduction, and make a profound difference in Masonry.
What is the Cornerstone Society?
The Cornerstone Society is reserved for those Masons who choose to include the Masonic charities in their estate plans.
The simplest way to become a Cornerstone Society member is through a bequest. But there are a variety of giving options available, such as trusts and charitable gift annuities. The method you choose will depend on your personal circumstances and needs. It is always a good idea to first consult your attorney and/or tax advisor for financial advice and expertise.
How Do I Start?
Please contact Greg Cherry to learn more at (310) 968-8369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW MASTER MASONS
Home Lodge is very honored to have these new Master Masons join the history of our Lodge.
Brother Akram Alawar
Brother Robert Aroutounian
Brother Michael Hatley
Brother Tigran Oganesian
Brother Barry Lampke
Brother Tommy Ray Smith
Brother Tony Tahmizian
Brother Arnulf Tuadles
CONTACT & LOCATION INFORMATION
HOME MASONIC LODGE NO. 721 F. & A.M.
14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405-2214
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